By Sue Shekut, Owner Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapists, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer
I have a few friends and clients that are new to Chicago and are avid cyclists. Heidi O’Hair, one of the massage therapists on my staff, rides her bike instead of driving a car. Heidi said she’s been averaging 20 miles a day between home and work! Between carting around massage tables, supplies and massage chairs, I end up driving more than biking to work myself. But on June 12, that can all change for me and many of my fellow Chicagoans. Why? because June 12-18 is Bike to Work Week!
Registration is open for the Alliance’s annual Bike to Work Week, June 12-18, and about 250 Chicagoland companies — including Bank of America, Google and United Airlines — so far have registered to forgo motor vehicles and public transportation in favor of bicycles.
The annual competition asks co-workers to form teams and agree to bike at least one day during the week. Teams submit their results online. Last year, 322 businesses, schools and organizations went helmet-to-helmet in the competition. Winners included the Department of Transportation, The Field Museum, Moody Bible Institute, Northwestern University Library, SRAM, Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Chicago Department of Environment.
Bike to Work Week is sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance . Active Trans offices are located at 9 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654-6545. Phone number is (312) 427-3325.
Tips on Riding to work
Clothes at work
- On the weekend or start of the week, take five days’ worth of clothes to work.
- At week’s end, take your clothes to the cleaners.
- Pick up your cleaning from work and leave it at work.
Dressing For The Ride
In warm weather…
Wear loose t-shirts, tank-tops, and shorts for good ventilation. If sweat gets in your eyes or face, wear a headband.
In cold weather…
Wear loose cycling clothes, your work clothes, and windbreaker in layers that you can remove in layers as you heat up.
In a coast-to-coast survey, over 85 percent of people who bike to work or school said they don’t shower at their destinations. Do they just smell bad? No. Most erase bad odor by simply toweling off and changing into fresh clothes. If they want to feel even cleaner, they sponge off and apply talcum powder. As for clothes themselves: When weather’s mild, they bike in the clothes they wear at work. On days when they’ll sweat, they change clothes when they get to work.
Scan the Road When You Ride
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